Believe it or not, baseball season is right around the corner.
After an offseason spent looking to improve a team that struggled in 2015, the Red Sox are getting ready to head south for Spring Training 2016 in Fort Myers, Florida.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning a trip to the Sunshine State to watch the Red Sox in the upcoming weeks.
Pitchers and Catchers ReportAs has become a tradition in recent years, Spring Training officially kicks off with Truck Day when the team’s equipment truck leaves Fenway Park to embark on the 1,480-mile journey to Lee County, Florida. This year’s Truck Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10.
But the real start of Spring Training 2016 is Thursday, Feb. 18, when pitchers and catchers report for work. The first workout for pitchers and catchers is Friday, Feb. 19.
Position players must report to Florida by Tuesday, Feb. 23, followed by the first full squad workout on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Fenway SouthThe Red Sox play their Spring Training games at JetBlue Park, also known as Fenway South.
JetBlue Park opened in 2012 and has a capacity of just under 11,000 people. The park is designed to mimic Fenway Park, including a replica Green Monster in leftfield and triangle in centerfield. All dimensions at the park are the same as Fenway.
JetBlue Park is located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers.
If you’re making the trip from New England to see the Red Sox this year, you can stay at hotels either in Fort Myers or the surrounding area.
A complete list of convenient hotel choices is available on the Red Sox website.
Ballpark ToursTours of JetBlue Park are held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on day games beginning February 19. Once Spring Training games begin on Feb. 29, tours will also be conducted on days there is no game and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on days there are night games.
Tickets for tours cost $6 per person and go on sale the day of the tour at 9:45 a.m. Tours will be limited to 20 people each trip through the park.
Children under 12 years old are free.
Game TicketsTickets for Spring Training games can be purchased online.
The first games of the year at JetBlue Park are Monday, Feb. 29, at 1:05 p.m.
Admission for the season opener ranges from $5 to $37. You only need one ticket for the annual games against Boston College and Northeastern, as it is a single admission doubleheader.
There are 17 games this spring at JetBlue Park, with the Spring Training finale scheduled for March 28 against the Baltimore Orioles.